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Parliamentary group proposes a Financial Services Tribunal

Kevin Hollinrake MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking) has published his report titled “Fair Business Banking for All: How to improve access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes” (the Report). Following the APPG’s responses to the FCA’s consultation on expanding the FOS’s jurisdiction (CP18/3), the Report sets out various recommendations […]

Draft legislative proposal introduces a minimum price for CO2

The Dutch government has published a draft legislative proposal for consultation that introduces a minimum price for CO2. The minimum price is introduced by way of a tax levied on electricity producers. The tax is levied per ton of CO2 emission. In the proposal, the tax rate per ton CO2 is calculated each year as […]

Adoption of unregistered land as highway

By Paul Weeks Unregistered land in unknown ownership can cause a headache on development and the extent of the issue will often depend upon what the land is needed for…

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Wilde Sapte's Paris office in breakaway

Wilde Sapte’s Paris office is faced with the loss of a key equity partner who is setting up a breakaway firm next month, as the remaining two partners are likely to leave next year. Banking partner Olivier Tordjman is leasing half of Wilde Sapte’s building space in Paris and setting up as a sole practitioner. […]

Poach the books

Perhaps it’s because I’m an accountant that I found myself adding up how many times your issue of 2 August used the verb “poach” – nine appearances over three pages. What is the legal profession coming to, bearing in mind the word implies an illegal act, viz the entering of another’s land and stealing game? […]

US firms feel the urge to merge

Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance are well on the way to merging, while Thelen Reid & Priest has publicly declared its intention to do so (The Lawyer, 2 August). US and UK firms are engaged in the serious business of wooing one another as transatlantic tie-ups now become a necessity for many instead of […]

In brief: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance partner Lawrence Randall has retired from practice. He was managing partner at the firm’s Brussels office, which he set up in 1973. He retired last week, aged 52, and is replaced by Yves Herincx.

Thomson MBO secured by double-decker

Travers Smith Braithwaite and Clifford Chance have completed the secondary buy-out of Thomson Directories using an innovative insurance arrangement to secure the deal. The sale of Thomson, originally the subject of a buy-out in 1997, involved a “double-decker” insurance policy, arranged by insurance brokers HSBC Gibbs. The u220m buy-out was backed by venture capitalist Apax […]

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